Professional Fighters League (PFL), formerly operating as World Series of Fighting (WSOF), has unveiled plans for a June 30th fight card to take place at Daytona International Speedway during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend, airing on NBC Sports following the conclusion of the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race.
PFL President Carlos Silva describes the June 30th show as a “first-of-its-kind partnership” and promises that attendees who come to the UNOH Fanzone after the race will get to see an exciting four-fight card.
The line-up is below.
* 170 pounds: Jon Fitch (29-7-1) vs. Brian Foster (26-9) - 2018 No. 1 seed
* 205 pounds: Smealinho Rama (10-2) vs. Ronny Markes (16-4)
* 170 pounds: Joao Zeferino (21-8) vs. Herman Terrado (14-3-1)
* 155 pounds: Jason High (19-5) vs. Caros Fodor (11-5)
While some of this may sound a bit familiar to MMA fans, sources tell MMAmania.com the events are not comparable given Bellator was non-televised and featured regional MMA talent, while PFL features “world class talent” airing live on a major sports network.
The Fitch vs. Foster main event is scheduled for five rounds, all others on June 30th are three, and the winner of the main event will be the No. 1 seed in his weight class for the 2018 PFL season. The other fights will also determine rankings in their respective weight classes going forward.
PFL explained that this will be the “kickoff event” on NBC Sports, with all four fights airing approximately 10:30 pm ET after the conclusion of the race and any “post game” coverage. This also gives fans in attendance time to move from the concourse to the UNOH Fanzone to watch the fights.
Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile offered his thoughts on PFL’s event.
“Partnering with Professional Fighters League and NBC Sports brings added entertainment to the already busy Coke Zero 400 Weekend. Race fans have a contagious passion and dedication to the sport of NASCAR, and we are looking forward to bringing them the excitement, thrill and talent of professional MMA at the renowned Daytona International Speedway.”
NBC Sports Network will broadcast three more PFL events in 2017 -- July 29 in Everett, Washington; October 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada; and November 4 in Washington, D.C. Venues and cards for those shows will be announced at a later date.
PFL sources confirmed to MMAmania.com that there is “active recruitment” of new talent for the league going forward. Former WSOF athletes do not necessarily transition directly to PFL, but those relationships open up opportunities to participate in 2017 events and/or the 2018 season. Former WSOF champions will be honored during one of the PFL broadcasts later this year.
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